Best Mobile Detailing Vehicle

Discussion in 'Detailing Bliss Lounge' started by mrd0t, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. mrd0t

    mrd0t Obsessive Detailer

    Hello, I'm looking to start my Mobile Detailing Business and am looking for ideas to help with this. Any pictures/make/model would help out. Thanks!
  2. MtnRyder

    MtnRyder Virgin Detailer

  3. WashingJosh

    WashingJosh Jedi Nuba

    mrd0t, what's your current vehicle?
    MtnRyder, that's a big ass generator. How much did that cost you?
  4. Bunky

    Bunky DB Forum Supporter

    What are your goals and scope of detailing? Do you want something like a van, truck with camper shell, SUV, or tow a trailer (enclosed or open frame)? Are you going to be carrying water, generator, etc? A trailer has a lot of pro's and con's.
  5. DaytonaJae

    DaytonaJae Birth of a Detailer

    At my office, there are a couple of mobile car washing services that come on certain days of the week, servicing those in my building.

    Two of them have big vans - like a GMC Savana. That makes it big enough to put a large water tank with a gas powered pressure washer.

    Depending on how many cars you plan on doing in one day, (as a detailer, not just a washer, I would assume about 1 or 2 a day at most, depending on how much work is needed) you may opt to use a smaller water tank or even hook up to your customer's water source. Again, this all depends on where you plan to provide your services. People's driveways at their homes? Their water source should be available close by, all you need is a long hose. You may be able to get by with a smaller sized van, much like a Chevy Astro.

    You can even tow a small trailer behind your truck/suv if you want to double your vehicle as a daily driver. Trailers of that size don't cost much and it doesn't need to be very big to house all that gear if it is a standalone unit.

    Hope this helps, let us know what you decide on!
  6. pektel

    pektel DB Forum Supporter

  7. kakeuter

    kakeuter DB Forum Supporter

    The Ford Transit is the vehicle I plan to get in the future. It's not too big and is eye-catching.

  8. GTIDamien_407

    GTIDamien_407 Birth of a Detailer

    depends how much equipment you want to carry, if it's just basic equipment use that golf in your display picture and if you need the extra room take out the rear seats and put a false floor down :)
  9. Bmer89

    Bmer89 DB Forum Supporter

    I'm going to get an old short bus, paint it black and slam it on some chromies. Tons of space with no seats ;)

    But that's when I'm rich...
  10. mrd0t

    mrd0t Obsessive Detailer

    Using my golf would maybe work, if I have a water source nearby(hose). I'm planning on doing a couple calls a day to peoples place of business or home. I will invest in a Pressure Washer, have a Flex, will need storage in the vehicle for waxes/product/brushes/mf. There is a van like the Sprinter posted above but is slighly smaller...I just can't think of it's name. Also, about how many gallons of water are used on average through a pressure washer? Basic wash, foam, rinse?
  11. WashingJosh

    WashingJosh Jedi Nuba

    Maybe you should look into using onr. I use 2 to 3 gallons of wash water and 2 gallons of rinse and that will do a normal sized car.

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  12. amdplus

    amdplus Virgin Detailer

    We can carry 5 employees, and the equipment
  13. Chas

    Chas DB Forum Supporter

    I use my Mazda3 for hauling stuff right now and let me tell you, once you start adding to your arsenal things get tight in a hatchback. I mean try fitting a pressure washer, shop vac or steamer, a few bins of chemicals, and soon enough you're out of room. If I wasn't just a weekend detailer I would be trading it in on a truck or most likely a Ford Transit.
  14. 911Fanatic

    911Fanatic DB Pro Supporter

    What does a Ford Transit cost in the US? They retail at $30k up here.
  15. 604_Snooze

    604_Snooze Obsessive Detailer

    The Transit looks very good for mobile detailers, but they are expensive in Canada.
    I am thinking to get a Honda Element.
  16. Chas

    Chas DB Forum Supporter

    They start between $23k to $24k in the US
  17. stottie

    stottie Birth of a Detailer

    i have a ford econoline van that i use. it works out great i can park it any where you can park a car. i have a 100 gallon water thank witch i can get 5 to 6 full details or carwashes out of if not more. it holds all my supplies my powerwahser witch is connected to my tank, i also carry a generator for areas where i have no electric plugins. plus plenty of room for any thing else i need to carry like products my extractor, steamer. it all depends on what you want to do and need. most of the time my tank will stay filled for weeks due to me using onr to wash cars when i can.
  18. 911Fanatic

    911Fanatic DB Pro Supporter

    At $4/gallon for gas, empty your water tank. 100 gallons is 850lbs you are lugging around.
  19. 911Fanatic

    911Fanatic DB Pro Supporter

    Here are some pics of my last van.....






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  20. mrd0t

    mrd0t Obsessive Detailer

    A Ford Transit would be nice, haven't run across any used ones yet.

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